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Death of Kings

A Novel (Saxon Tales)

By Bernard Cornwell

Death of Kings
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2012,
    336 pages.

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The fate of a young nation rests in the hands of a reluctant warrior in the thrilling sixth volume of the New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series. Following the intrigue and action of The Burning Land and Sword Song, this latest chapter in Bernard Cornwell's epic saga of England is a gripping tale of divided loyalties and mounting chaos. At a crucial moment in time, as Alfred the Great lays dying, the fate of all - Angles, Saxons, and Vikings alike - hangs desperately in the balance. For all fans of classic Cornwell adventures, such as Agincourt and Stonehenge, and for readers of William Dietrich's Hadrian's Wall or Robert E. Howard's Bran Mak Morn, the stunning Death of Kings will prove once again why the Wall Street Journal calls Bernard Cornwell "the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today."

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"Readers should prepare for pulse-pounding action and rousing battle scenes as the martially evocative Cornwell makes the swords sing and the flesh fly as he reimagines major military skirmishes." - Booklist

"Unfortunately for Edward, no skirmish proves decisive enough to unify England. Fortunately for Cornwell fans, that means more 'tales of warriors and swords and shields and axes' to come." - Publishers Weekly

"A master of historical fiction has produced another great read." - Library Journal

"Starred Review. The surprise is that Cornwell's love scenes are as deft as his action scenes, though far fewer, of course - all driven by a hard-shelled, sporadically soft-hearted, always charismatic protagonist." - Kirkus

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Bernard Cornwell Author Biography

Bernard Cornwell was born (in 1944) and brought up in Britain, where he worked in the British Broadcasting Centre (BBC), ending up as Head of Current Affairs TV for the BBC in Northern Ireland. While working in Belfast he met Judy, a visiting American, fell in love and moved to the USA with her.

For reasons unknown he was refused a Green Card, so decided to earn his living writing. His first book, 'Sharpe's Eagle', was about a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars; it was published in the early '80s.

There are now over 20 titles in the Sharpe series.  In addition Cornwell has written a number of other novels, as well as several short stories.  For the full list of books in series order (which is different to the publication ...

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